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The best neighborhoods for staying in Austin are also the quietest, with few distractions from the music and culture that attract people elsewhere.
These neighborhoods usually have a local feel, with small shops, good food and low crime rates. In fact, many of our top
recommendations are within a 10-minute drive of Austin’s famous live music venues or just minutes from fun nightspots like South Congress or Calfee Road.
That being said, there are some good reasons why you might want to stay away from the city center and its restaurants and bars.
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Crime rates aren’t great in most parts of Austin, but they can spike along certain roadways at night.
As well as the noise pollution created by cars and trucks on narrow roads. If you’re ready to explore places where it’s safer to live — and you don’t mind staying in a suburb instead of an urban area — read on for the best neighborhood recommendations for staying in Austin.
Plan your outings first Austin
It’s easy to get caught up in the city’s nightlife and music scene and forget about the
neighborhood shops, restaurants and other attractions that make Austin great. If you’re new to the city or just want to explore
A little bit before you settle in, you can plan your outings first. This will help you avoid getting lost in the nightlife and avoid missing out on some of the great places to eat and stay in Downtown or South Austin.
Try to avoid austin getting caught in the rain
When it’s not 105 degrees outside, it’s usually in
the high 50s or low 60s during the month of May. And that means it’s time to hit the road. Drizzle or heavy rain is always an indication that lightning is nearby,
so be prepared to run away from thunderstorms. And be
careful because, if you’re not, traffic will be almost impossible to maneuver. So if you’re in the neighborhood and want to explore
a bit before committing to something, just take the bike. And if you do go out in the rains, we recommend buying an umbrella. They’re super cheap, light and easy to carry in your bag. You can also get balled up newspaper to use as a proxy umbrella.
Stay off major streets
Walking and biking around on major streets in a city is usually a bad idea,
even in the summer. You probably won’t get hit by a car,
but you will get hit by other pedestrians. And they’ll probably be running in the opposite direction. A better option is to stay off the main thoroughfares. The neighborhood streets in and around South Congress,
Calfee Road and 11th Street are great for walking and biking.
And there are plenty of other streets in the city center and
central neighborhoods with bike lanes and trails. If you want to get in touch with the city’s core, the Lady
Bird Lake neighborhood is great for this. You can walk, bike or take the light-rail to downtown and choose from a wide range of restaurants and shops.
Take advantage of Austin’s bike and foot trails
If you’re looking for a place to test your cycling or hiking skills,
or just want an excuse to hit the trails, South Congress has lots of them.
There are 14.5 miles of bike and foot trails in Austin, many of them
connecting to other nearby trails or nature areas. You can take a leisurely, easy ride on the 1.2 mile South Congress loop or bike the challenging Birdie Hill loop that circles the lake.
Avoid shopping centers at night AUSTIN
If you’re looking for a safe place to shop at night, Central is your best bet.
South Congress and Calfee Road are great for this, but you’ll want to avoid shopping at night at the South Congress TowneCenter. The nearby Lakeline Village Shopping Center is very active at night, and you could get hit by a car if you’re riding in the wrong direction.
Bexar County is less crowded than downtown
If you’re looking for a less hectic environment to live in, we recommend the Southside. Most roadways in Bexar County are less crowded at night than downtown, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t drive into a crowd if you want to go to a concert or event at a nearby venue.
If you’re looking for a place that’s less touristy, we recommend the SouthSide suburb of Haltom City.
Check out the farmers markets
If you’re looking for a place to get fresh local produce, check out the farmers markets in South Austin.
There are two weekly farmers markets in the city, and they’re open daily during the growing season from May through October.
In addition to the farmers markets, South Austin is also home to a number of neighborhood markets, including Corte Madera on Thursdays.
If you’re looking for a bit of nature, check out Scholes Ranch or Lakeline Manor Gardens
If you’re looking for a spot with a transition from city to country, Scholes Ranch is the place for you. This 1,000-acre ranch is located about 25 miles east of Austin, and it’s open to the public for tours and stays.
If you want to get away from it all and experience some nature, Scholes is the place for you. The room rates at Scholes range from $275 for a five-bedroom home to $45 per night for a tent area.
Look for good schools if you live near a lake or marshland area
Lakeline Manor Gardens is a private school located in east Austin. It’s an excellent school with a good reputation, \
and the gardens are a beautiful addition to the property. This is a private school, so you’ll likely need to pay for your education, but the price is worth it.
It’s a parcel busier than East Austin and, whereas it doesn’t have as much nightlife as other parts of the city, it’s one of the leading neighborhoods for eating and shopping. On the off chance that I’m not out in East Austin, I’m as a rule here.
Best Place to Stay in South Congress:
- Found more toward East Congress, the hotel has free Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, and complimentary coffee within the campaign.
- MIDRANGE: Austin Motel — Initially from the 1930s, the point of interest
- Austin Motel has been remodeled into a fun, retro property. There’s a pool, free stopping, and it’s fair a stone’s toss absent from the Capitol.
- LUXURY: South Congress Lodging — This hip property may be a world in
- shop all on-premises. The campaign is filled with local people
- who plant themselves here to socialize (and gaze at their portable workstations). Rooms offer custom bathrobes, a minibar supplied with nearby items, and huge walk-in showers with a rain shower head.
Trying to decide where to move to? We can help. These are the best neighborhoods for living in Austin, based on real estate data and our own personal experiences.